Bright done rightIt's time to look on the bright side. For spring, designers from Carolina Herrera to Jil Sander are introducing designs with super-saturated shades in everything from orange to hot pink to aqua -- often all together.

If you're not feeling quite that electrified, you can dabble in the trend, said Charla Krupp, author of "How to Never Look Fat Again." "I love brights because they really affect mood," she said. But she admitted that these look-at-me hues can be challenging to integrate into your wardrobe.

Krupp suggests wearing the bright color on the part of your body you are most comfortable flaunting. "Very few women can carry off a turquoise pant and a red sweater," she said. However, wearing a vivid V-neck sweater can flatter many figures, she advised. And everyone can sport a handbag, shoes or bangles in one of the hot new hues.

Krupp's favorites among the new brights are orange and pink. "Warm colors are more flattering than greens and blues," she said. "Think of makeup colors like coral and blush, which are very pretty on a lot of skin tones."

Embracing these Kool-Aid colors might be just the refresher your wardrobe needs.

Cool in coral

Amanda Christine dress, $150, available at Cliché, 2403 Lyndale Av. S., Mpls., 612-870-0420.

Turquoise topper

J Crew cashmere sweater, $98,

Carry cherry

Shoulder bag by DKNY, $195,

Blue baubles

Kyanite earrings by Oie Jewelry, $121, and Epitome, Galleria, 952-920-2978.

Strawberry steps

Wedge heels by Stuart Weitzman, $335,

Shocking chartreuse

Nail polish by Nicole by O.P.I. in daffy dill, $8,


The Foursome's tailored clothing event: Men can receive $250 off any custom suit or coat and trouser purchase.

Through April 3, 3570 Vicksburg Lane N., Plymouth, 763-473-4667,

50th and France Ladies Night Out: Pick up a gift bag and check out deals and giveaways at the corner's boutiques and salons, including complimentary airbrush makeup demos at Jett Makeup, prizes at R.F. Moeller Jeweler and rub-on nail appliqué by Nail Fraud at Live, Laugh, Love.

4 to 8 p.m., 50th and France businesses, Edina,

MZ Wallace trunk show: Check out the spring line of handbags, available in fresh styles and colors.

Through Saturday, StyledLife, Galleria, 952-928-8888,

Parc Boutique men's sale: Receive 30 percent off of all men's items, including Ben Sherman and Alternative Apparel.

Through March 31, 320 E. Hennepin Av., Mpls., 612-353-4966,

Sara Glassman • 612-673-7177 •


Lela Rose for Payless wedge sandals, $50,

These wedges by Lela Rose are right off the runway. You can wear these raffia-covered wedges with a khaki-colored dress or jeans to add a South American feel to your spring wardrobe.